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£19,349 pa

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)

Shrewsbury

Ref: IRC65465

 

Summary

The voice of our landscapes, conservation champions and lovers of all things outdoors, you’ll help to keep Britain’s natural heritage wonderful. Working at the very popular Attingham Park, come rain or shine, your love of the outdoors will inspire others as you strive to ensure the parkland and wider estate are beautifully presented and continue to take our visitors’ breath away.

 

Please be advised in this role there is a requirement to work Bank Holidays and weekends (typically one weekend in four). You’ll also be part of our split shifts system to help provide cover from 8am to 6pm – further details will be discussed at interview.

 

What it's like to work here

Attingham Park is part of the North Shropshire Portfolio. Welcoming 472,000 visitors each year, Attingham is the third most visited pay to enter National Trust property in England and Wales. The estate consists of nearly 4,000 acres, with the majority being tenanted farmland and woodland which is not regularly accessed by our visitors. The parkland itself is organic and a SSSI for the saproxylic insects living in and on the veteran trees. The wider estate is also nationally important for these insects.

 

We have big plans for Attingham – we have a 10 year estate management plan and an overall 50 year vision that is looking to increase the conservation, aesthetic and visitor values of the estate. In this role you’ll play a part in ensuring Attingham is working towards this plan and continues to be one of the National Trust’s most popular places to visit.

 

What you'll be doing

As one of the Trust’s flagship properties, this is a busy, but very rewarding role. You’ll be part of our Outdoors team, and will report to our Area Ranger. With your endless passion for our work, you’ll help with the protection and care of habitats, wildlife, property and machinery, and your passion will inspire others to love Attingham as much as you do.

 

In this vital role, you’ll be supervising a team of dedicated volunteers and working on many different areas across the parkland. Typical tasks will include; fencing, hedge laying, tree planting, woodland management, deer management, and access infrastructure building and maintenance. We also grow, harvest and deliver 200 tons of woodchip to the estate bio-mass boiler to heat the Mansion and Stables, so you’ll be involved in making sure this process runs as smoothly as possible; this will involve you using tractors, trailers, timber cranes, telehandlers and chainsaws regularly.

 

Along with the practical elements of this role, we also want you to engage with visitors, taking time to talk to them, and helping to create lasting memories for all those who visit us. You’ll share and promote the work that we do here, ensuring special places like these are here to be both protected and enjoyed by everyone, for ever. This will see you responding to queries and explaining the value of the work being undertaken as well as assisting with guided walks and talks. After all, your passion and dedication could fire the imagination that makes a visitor become a supporter for the rest of their life.

 

Please be advised that in this role there will be a requirement to work Bank Holidays and weekends (we anticipate this will usually be one weekend in four). We also operate a split shift system in order to provide cover from 8am to 6pm; this role we be a part of this system. Further details on working patterns will be discussed at interview.

 

Who we're looking for

Our team believe that people deserve more than just ‘good service’, but an amazing experience they’ll never forget, and we are looking for like-minded people to join us.

 

You’ll need to have/be;

  • Practical experience in relevant land, conservation and access management, supported by an appropriate qualification to level 3 (or equivalent level of vocational experience)
  • A passion for nature, heritage and the outdoors
  • Fantastic people skills with a commitment to delivering exceptional customer service to all
  • A strong understanding of Sites of Agri-environment Schemes and Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and their legal and regulatory implications
  • Experience of visitor engagement responsibilities, and have the ability to engage with visitors to ensure they understand the value of your work
  • An excellent team player, with experience of working alongside and managing volunteers
  • A wide range of practical countryside based skills
  • Competent with machinery and equipment as well as having the relevant certificates required
  • A full UK driving licence

 

The package

Looking after you

  • Health cash plan – from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents
  • Pension contribution match up to 10%
  • EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
  • Discounted gym membership

 

Looking after your career

  • Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
  • Develop your skills with an internal secondment
  • Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
  • Income protection due to illness

 

Unique to Us

  • Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
  • Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • 20% off in our retail and catering outlets
  • Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking

 

Closing date: 25 May 2018

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